|Staging area and supplies|
Last week, I was still trying to clean up after myself as I went along, but that meant I'd put things away just to have to drag them back out again the next day or even an hour later. This week I've decided that my cutting table is my staging area.
It's actually a sort of organized chaos, with separate areas for wireworking tools, glazing cabochons, resin work, packing, and bead sorting.
I definitely need to rethink my bead storage. My large plastic containers are great for storage, but it's a pain to keep hauling them out when I'm working on a number of smaller beading projects, with differing color schemes all at once.
I've ended up simply sorting the beads I've used by color group on top of my cutting table. That way I can grab what I need for a particular project. When I'm done, they get sorted back into the rainbow. It's working surprisingly well.
Since there is going to be a judging, I wanted to do something more than little beaded rings, but there'd be no chance of finishing a larger piece in the time allotted. So here's my jump-start. This is two full days worth of beading - I'm thinking I might need to do a little more beforehand to insure that I can indeed finish the darned necklace on Saturday.
|Starting to unfold the papers|
And since my beading is so slow, and my hands needed a break, I dyed another batch of papers yesterday.
This entails folding each sheet of acid-free tissue paper into little tiny logs or triangles, then dipping them into little batches of dye. I don't have any photos of these stages - note to self - take process photos. The thing is, it's really messy; even with gloves several of my fingers ended up dyed a deep rosy color. I hate to think what I could do to my camera with my hands coated with dye solution!
In this first photo, the papers have dried enough that I could start to unfold them.
|The latest in studio floor coverings|
The key is to unfold them when they are at just the right stage of damp. And I can't unfold them all the way at once. Unfold one or two layers and the paper's too wet to unfold further. So my studio became a giant drying rack as I slowly unfolded each sheet from my latest batch.
|Ironing and sorting the dyed papers|
As I ironed, I sorted the papers into two stacks. The second, thankfully smaller, stack was of those papers that tore during the process. I'll have both available for sale on Saturday.
|Ready and waiting for Saturday to arrive|